Cruising Down The Nile

Egyptian culture was inseparable from the Nile River.  It was a source of water, provided fertile soils for agriculture, fish were a ready protein supply, and the bullrushes that grew along its banks provided material for baskets, floor mats, and other Egyptian stuff.

But heck, you gotta suppose that Egyptians used it for fun too.  Swimming might not have been a great idea because the Nile was home to crocodiles but how about hopping in the family yacht and going for a cruise.  Egyptians must have done that.  And one of the objects in our museum’s Egyptian exhibit is a large (4-feet long) wooden model of an Egyptian boat, complete with several people standing on deck.  It seemed that sketching it was the right thing to do.  Hope you like it.

Fabriano Artistico cold-press, DeAtramentis Document Black, Pilot Metropolitan F

Fabriano Artistico cold-press, DeAtramentis Document Black, Pilot Metropolitan F

What’s In The News Sketching – Quebec City Hall

I was still resurrecting our house from the recent construction and so couldn’t get out sketching, but I was desperate to do something other than quick doodles.  I was reading the newspaper over lunch when I came across a picture of the top of our city hall and decided to sketch it.

I don’t sketch from photos and other than quick doodles, I rarely sketch at home, so this was…what’s the word… err… uhm… oh yeah… DIFFERENT.  I was sitting at our kitchen table, in a real chair, with paper resting on a hard surface.  What a difference that makes.  It’s a lot easier to draw this way than perched on my tripod stool on location.  I can’t say its as much fun but maybe I should do it more often.  Anyways, here’s the top of Quebec City’s seat of government.  Tomorrow I’m heading to the museum.


Fabriano Artistico cold press, DeAtramentis Document Black, Pilot Metropolitan F

Sketching As The Walls Fall Down

I’ve been failing my blogging duties, not having posted anything in nearly a week.  Sorry about that, but I have an excuse…sort of.  I haven’t been doing any sketching either…sort of.  But, as I said, I have an excuse…sort of.

2016-01-21womanYou see, one of my addictions is books.  I have more than a few of them.  And its from there that my excuse comes.  All of my books are in our “library”, which means a room that is crammed to the gills with bookshelves and my office desk.  And, well, a problem arose, or maybe to be more precise, it descended.

2016-01-11busMy meager, multi-ton book collection broke some joists that hold up the floor and, well, it descended, at least partially.  It wasn’t a cartoon affair where one minute I was sitting at my desk and the next I was sitting in the basement.  This was an “Geez…the floor is sinking and what’s that gap between the wall and the floor” situation.

So rather than blogging and sketching I’ve been moving everything from the room, stashing it everywhere around our house. Then I spent a couple days doing things I’m neither physically capable of doing 2016-01-21shoenor did I have the knowledge to do it.  But, with the help of my wife, we made a complete mess of the basement but we fixed the floor/ceiling above.  The house is now stronger than it’s ever been.  I am less so. Then came the need to move everything back into the room, some of the library ending up downstairs to spread the load, and now I’m back, with only a few bruises to show for it.

2016-01-08LittleWomanBut I haven’t been out sketching so what to blog about…hmmm.  I thought I’d share with you some of the little sketches I do when my brain needs a fix and I can’t get out.  These are typically done in minutes, from photos, TV or simply from imagination.  The largest one (the bus) is 3″ square.  I hope you like them.


Sketching A Bit Of Egypt

Our gang was back at the museum cuz, “baby, it’s cold outside.”  I decided to draw a stone guy who was making an offering at a funeral, or so sayeth the plaque associated with him.  Hope you like him.

Egyptian statue

Fabriano Artistico CP (7.5×11), Platinum 3776, DeAtramentis Document Black

Sketching And Painting Decorative Squares

Decorative carvingNot long ago I posted this decorative square and talked about how we’d started drawing these squares in a chapel.  I also mentioned that I was going to work on methods for painting/shading them.

These wood-carved squares are probably not even noticed by most visitors to the chapel because they’re dark mahogany and blend into the mahogany wainscotting that runs around the chapel.  Yvan ‘discovered’ them and we’ve both been thrilled with the idea of drawing them.  I find them challenging.  Yvan just makes them look beautiful (grin).

2015-12-29square2We’ve continued drawing them and I have been experimenting a bit with approaches to shading them.  The process is teaching me quite a bit about watercolors and their use, at least the way I want to use them.  Which one looks best to you?